Archive for the ‘Los Gatos’ Category

The Happy Hound Birthday Party

The Happy Hound has been making us happy for 40 years. It is an easy place to stop in for a dog & fries or onion rings and a milkshake.

The party is today, August 21, from 12-noon to 3 p.m.

Look for mascot Mr. Hound. Will he be dancing to the live rock ‘n’ roll sounds of “Delux”?

‘Birthday Hot Dogs’ will be sold at the 1971 price of only 75 cents. Also, save room for a free piece of birthday cake!

15899 Los Gatos Blvd
Los Gatos, 95032
Phone Orders: 408-358-2444
Call Dan (owner) 408-356-8041

Mon-Thu 10:30 am – 9 pm
Fri-Sat 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sun 11 am – 9 pm />

Garden tour report

Tour-goers exploring a California native plant garden in south San Jose.

Every year I’ve been on the Going Native Garden Tour, I’ve explored the California native plant gardens of a different part of the South Bay. One year it was Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Another year, the San Jose downtown core. This year I headed for Los Gatos and San Jose’s Camden and Cambrian areas.

In the Los Gatos hills (actually in Monte Sereno) I saw a grand, 1.7 acre garden, established for 12 years, where a hillside of poppies and blue-eyed grass frame a view across a small valley. Near downtown Los Gatos was a showpiece home garden by designer Alrie Middlebrook, as well as a community volunteer-planted garden at the Art Museum of Los Gatos, also designed by Middlebrook.

Both the Los Gatos garden and one I saw in central southern San Jose were planted on more modest lots. These gardens are on a scale that any homeowner could replicate, saving water and still presenting a beautiful front yard to the neighborhood.

Finally, along Capitancillos Drive in a south San Jose neighborhood, volunteers have planted over a half mile of parkstrip bordering the Capitancillos Meadow with a variety of California native plants, including ceanothus (California lilac), bush lupines, buckwheats, and more. This garden is completely unirrigated, but still makes an attractive and impressive border for the road edging this upscale neighborhood.

My discovery of the day was flannel bush (aka Fremontodendron), a striking tall shrub, with dramatic yellow flowers and dark green foliage. I saw this both at the Monte Sereno hillside garden and on Capitancillos Drive. I only wish I had enough room in my own garden to fit in one of these dramatic plants.

Flannel bush at the Capitancillos Drive parkstrip garden.

Photo Contest in Los Gatos

Los Gatos

Reading over the information for the 5th Annual Photo Contest in Los Gatos, I see that a vote will be taken to choose the contest winners, and that awards and prizes will be given. Nowhere do I find what the prizes might be, other than the ‘gift’ of seeing the photos used as free advertising. The rewards of past years have included things like a bottle of wine or a dinner certificate, so I expect it to be the same type of gifting this year. Oh yeah, there is a $10 entry fee for each photographer. Please read the information carefully the rules are very specific. For an entry to be considered for the cover of one of the Chamber’s future Business Directories, photos must have a vertical format.

If you are looking for a free place to have your photos, of anything in the San Jose area, seen you can add them to the Metroblogging San Jose flickr pool.

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